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NHL INDEX: 12/16

 

Biggest Story

Calgary GM Jay Feaster didn’t have much time left when the Flames brought in Brian Burke this summer as President of Hockey Ops.  The move to bring in Burke signaled that the Flames were soon about to go in a new direction.  Feaster was fired this week and Burke was named interim GM.  Burke will bring in candidates for the opening but it’s possible he could be the man he chooses to be the new GM. Burke would have a lot less pressure than he did in Toronto if he decides to take over as GM.  As for Feaster, things just didn’t pan out for him in Calgary.  He was unable to get them in the playoffs and his draft record was questionable, with the exception of Sean Monahan.  Signing guys like Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler to long term deals to a team that should’ve been rebuilding was also a strange decision.  The Flames desperately needed a new direction and it’ll be interesting to see how things play out with Burke.

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Best Goal

Valeri Nichushkin is heating up for the Stars.  Imagine there are a few teams regretting not taking him higher in the draft last summer.

 

Best Save

MAF with a nice paddle save.

 

MVP

Martin Jones.  The Kings goalie went 3-0 this week.  He allowed 3 goals on 109 shots.  He also had 1 SO.  

 

Top 5 Teams

1.  Chicago – Minus the Saturday night blowout loss to the Leafs, the Hawks won 3 of 4.  

2.  St. Louis –  David Backes scored a beautiful OT goal against Columbus Saturday night.

3.  Boston – The Bruins lost to the Canucks this week but it didn’t stop Brad Marchand from  trolling.  He kissed his ring finger, reminding the Canucks that they lost to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup and he still is a scumbag.

4.  Pittsburgh – Their blueline has been decimated with injuries but they haven’t missed a beat with their solid defensive depth.  Fleury has been excellent all season.

5.  Los Angeles – The Kings plowed through Canada this week, beating the Canadiens, Leafs, and Senators.  Goalie Martin Jones has made everyone forget about Jonathan Quick.

 

Biggest Meltdown

 

Pat Lafontaine.  He still hasn’t hired a GM yet.  Come on.

 

Honorable Mentions

Seven suspensions this week:  Jared Cowen, Ottawa (2 games, illegal check to the head), James Neal, Pittsburgh (5 games, kneeing), Dion Phaneuf, Toronto (2 games, boarding), Richard Panik, TB (2 games, boarding), David Clarkson, Toronto (2 games, illegal check to the head), Anthony Peluso, Winnipeg (3 games, boarding), Shawn Thornton, Boston (15 games, Assaulting someone)

 
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